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Coming Celestial Events at the Cosmic Campground

Contents

  1. 1 About this Calendar
  2. 2 Viewing tips
    1. 2.1 Mars Moves into View with Messier 22 & Saturn April 2, 2018
    2. 2.2 April 5, 2018 Aldo Leopold High School
  3. 3 New Moon April 16, 2018
    1. 3.1 Cosmic Campground Weekend April 13,14,15, 2018
    2. 3.2 April 22, 2018 Meteor Shower
    3. 3.3 April 22-28: Venus and the Seven Sisters.
  4. 4 New Moon May 15, 2018
    1. 4.1 Cosmic Campground Weekend May 11,12,13, 2018
  5. 5 New Moon June 13, 2018
    1. 5.1 Cosmic Campground Weekend June 8,9,10, 2018
  6. 6 New Moon July 13, 2018
    1. 6.1 Cosmic Campground Weekend July 13,14,15, 2018
    2. 6.2 The Milky Way rising over the Gila Wilderness is truly Awesome
    3. 6.3 Impressive Brightness & Size at Mars Opposition July 27, 2018
    4. 6.4 July 27: A very long total eclipse of the moon.
    5. 6.5 July 27-31: The summer of Mars.
  7. 7 New Moon August 11, 2018
    1. 7.1 Cosmic Campground Weekend August 10,11,12, 2018
    2. 7.2 Aug 12/13: Perseid Meteors
  8. 8 New Moon September 9, 2018
    1. 8.1 Cosmic Campground Weekend September 7,8,9, 2018
  9. 9 New Moon October 9, 2018
    1. 9.1 Cosmic Campground Weekend October 5,6,7, 2018
    2. 9.2 Oct 21/22: Orionid Meteor Shower
  10. 10 New Moon November 7, 2018
    1. 10.1 Cosmic Campground Weekend October November 2,3,4, 2018
    2. 10.2 Southern Taurid Meteor Shower Morning of April 5, 2018 
    3. 10.3 Nov 17/18: Leonid Meteor Shower
  11. 11 New Moon December 7, 2018
    1. 11.1 Cosmic Campground Weekend October December 7,8,9, 2018
    2. 11.2 December 13/14 Geminid Meteor Shower
    3. 11.3 Dec. 13-14: A "Gem" of a meteor shower!
  12. 12 New Moon January 5, 2019 Saturday
    1. 12.1 Cosmic Campground Weekend January 4,5,6, 2019
  13. 13 New Moon February 4, 2019 Monday
  14. 14 New Moon March 6, 2019 Wednesday
  15. 15 New Moon April 5, 2019 Friday 
  16. 16 New Moon May 4, 2019 Saturday
  17. 17 New Moon June 3, 2019 Monday
  18. 18 New Moon July 2, 2019 Tuesday
  19. 19 New Moon July 31, 2019 Wednesday
  20. 20 New Moon August 30, 2019 Friday
  21. 21 New Moon September 28, 2019 Saturday
  22. 22 New Moon October 27, 2019 Sunday
  23. 23 New Moon November 26, 2019 Tuesday
  24. 24 New Moon December 25, 2019 Wednesday

About this Calendar

The natural night sky schedules events each month which are best viewed near new Moon. You don’t need any special equipment to witness many of them.This is the whole point of the Cosmic Campground and the International Dark Sky Association. 

The Cosmic Campground weekends are designated to answer the many questions about when is the best time to visit the Cosmic Campground. They are opportunities to meet other like minded people and perhaps to look through their telescopes.

If you bring binoculars or a small telescope it adds to the experience.  

If you have never witnessed the Milky Way rising over the Gila Wilderness it is hard to describe the panorama and feeling it brings. Try it.  The Cosmic Campground is nature’s IMAX theater in the round.

Walking about easily by star light is an experience.

Another series of nature's events are meteor showers.  They are truly spectacular and awe inspiring.

The zodiacal light is never seen by most people.  It is a pyramid of light in the west near the equinoxes.

To see bright stars rise and set is part of the natural environment.

Mars will be spectacularly bright and large and will peak it’s display at the end of July of 2018.

The Perseid Meteor shower will peak the night of August 12-13, 2018.

The Gemini Meteor shower will peak December 13-14, 2018.

The list goes on.   

Sky Weather

Viewing tips

The sky is best viewed when the Moon is not in the sky.
This happens in the early evening approximately from 
6 days before till 2 days After New Moon
Top tips for binocular stargazing

Milky Way Rising Over The Gila Wilderness Is Truly Awesome

Image Credit: David Thornburg


Mars Moves into View with Messier 22 & Saturn April 2, 2018

April 5, 2018 Aldo Leopold High School

New Moon April 16, 2018

Cosmic Campground Weekend April 13,14,15, 2018

April 22, 2018 Meteor Shower

       Meteor Shower                                       Morning of Maximum     Best #/hour
LyridLyra (E)April 2210-20
Credit: Sky and Telescope

April 22-28: Venus and the Seven Sisters.

The brightest planet is within 5 degrees of the beautiful Pleiades star cluster(also known as the Seven Sisters) during this time. The minimum separation between the two will come on April 25, when they will be 3.5 degrees apart, a very striking sight through 7-power binoculars.


Bring a friend, red filtered flashlight, warm clothes, lawn chair, 
and telescope and binoculars if you have them. Make new friends
and enjoy the wonders of the night sky.


New Moon May 15, 2018

Cosmic Campground Weekend May 11,12,13, 2018

Bring a friend, red filtered flashlight, warm clothes, lawn chair, 
and telescope and binoculars if you have them. Make new friends
and enjoy the wonders of the night sky.


The Milky Way rising over the Gila Wilderness is truly Awesome


New Moon June 13, 2018

Cosmic Campground Weekend June 8,9,10, 2018

Bring a friend, red filtered flashlight, shade, lawn chair, 
and telescope and binoculars if you have them. Make new friends
and enjoy the wonders of the night sky.

The Milky Way rising over the Gila Wilderness is truly Awesome

New Moon July 13, 2018

Cosmic Campground Weekend July 13,14,15, 2018

Bring a friend, red filtered flashlight, shade, lawn chair, 
and telescope and binoculars if you have them. Make new friends
and enjoy the wonders of the night sky.

The Milky Way rising over the Gila Wilderness is truly Awesome

Impressive Brightness & Size at Mars Opposition July 27, 2018

July 27: A very long total eclipse of the moon.

This exceptionally long total lunar eclipse will be visible throughout most of the Eastern Hemisphere. The moon will appear directly overhead from a point only a few hundred miles off the east coast of Madagascar in the Indian Ocean. The total phase will last 103 minutes, just 4 minutes shy of the absolute longest that a total lunar eclipse can last.

The reason for the extreme duration is that the moon passes almost directly through the center of the Earth's shadow. Because the moon is also at apogee — its farthest point from Earth in an orbit — this same day, it is moving at its slowest speed, and thus will take an inordinately long time to move through the Earth's shadow. Much of Japan and eastern Australia will see the moon set while in total eclipse. The central and eastern portions of South America will see the moon rise either during or after totality. Unfortunately, no part of this eclipse will be visible from North or Central America.



Mars Reaches Closest Point & Appears 5x Larger July 31,2018

July 27-31: The summer of Mars.

The Red Planet arrives at opposition to the Sun on July 27 (meaning it lies on the opposite side of Earth) in the zodiacal constellation of Capricornus and visible from dusk to dawn and shining at an eye-popping magnitude of minus 2.8, a full four times brighter than Sirius, and more than twice as bright as mighty Jupiter! (See this Space.com guide to understand how the brightness of night-sky objects is measured.)

So bright does Mars become that between July 7 and Sept. 6 it will supplant Jupiter as the second brightest planet and become the third brightest object in the nighttime sky (next to the moon and Venus). Then on July 31 at 3:50 a.m. EDT (0750 GMT), the planet will make its closest approach to Earth since its historically close approach in August 2003, when Mars was 34.8 million miles (56 million km) away from Earth. Mars' distance from Earth on July 31 will be 35.78 million miles (57.59 million km). Not until September 2035 will it come so close again.




New Moon August 11, 2018

Cosmic Campground Weekend August 10,11,12, 2018

Bring a friend, red filtered flashlight, shade, lawn chair, 
and telescope and binoculars if you have them. Make new friends
and enjoy the wonders of the night sky.

Aug 12/13: Perseid Meteors


The Perseid meteor shower — beloved by campers and summer vacationers — coincides with a new moon in 2018, which means the sky will be exceptionally dark. And this year, the display also falls on a weekend. The Perseid meteors are considered the Old Faithful of the midsummer sky, because it is the most reliable yearly meteor shower; the Perseids can counted upon to faithfully provide a fine display of many bright meteors in most any year.

The location of the radiant in the sky (or the point from which the meteors appear to come) is within the constellation Perseus, which gives the shower its name. The shooting stars are bits and pieces of the Comet Swift-Tuttle, which visited the inner part of the solar system in 1992. Occasionally, the Perseids will produce outstandingly bright meteors, called fireballs, and exploding meteors, called bolides. The best time to watch is during the predawn hours of Sunday, Aug. 12, but the morning before and the morning after are still quite good.


The Milky Way rising over the Gila Wilderness is truly Awesome


New Moon September 9, 2018

Cosmic Campground Weekend September 7,8,9, 2018

Bring a friend, red filtered flashlight, shade, lawn chair, 
and telescope and binoculars if you have them. Make new friends
and enjoy the wonders of the night sky.

The Milky Way is truly Awesome

New Moon October 9, 2018

Cosmic Campground Weekend October 5,6,7, 2018

Bring a friend, red filtered flashlight, warm clothes, lawn chair, 
and telescope and binoculars if you have them. Make new friends
and enjoy the wonders of the night sky.




New Moon November 7, 2018

Cosmic Campground Weekend October November 2,3,4, 2018

Bring a friend, red filtered flashlight, warm clothes, lawn chair, 
and telescope and binoculars if you have them. Make new friends
and enjoy the wonders of the night sky.

Southern Taurid Meteor Shower Morning of April 5, 2018 

       Meteor Shower                                       Morning of Maximum     Best #/hour
Southern TauridTaurus (S)Nov. 510-20
Credit: Sky and Telescope


New Moon December 7, 2018

Cosmic Campground Weekend October December 7,8,9, 2018

Bring a friend, red filtered flashlight, warm clothes, lawn chair, 
and telescope and binoculars if you have them. Make new friends
and enjoy the wonders of the night sky.

December 13/14 Geminid Meteor Shower

Dec. 13-14: A "Gem" of a meteor shower!

I have heard from people who constantly scan the sky for meteors that the Geminids of December are the best of the annual showers, surpassing even the August Perseids.

The Geminids are scheduled to reach their maximum late on the night of Dec. 13 and into the morning hours of the 14th, when nearly 100 slow, graceful meteors per hour may be seen under ideal dark-sky conditions. Viewers should wait until the nearly first-quarter moon sets during the mid-evening hours and look near the star Castor in Gemini. While a fair number of meteors should be visible after that time, the very best time to watch will be at around 2 a.m. local time. Expect small, faint meteors to dominate on the nights prior to the peak; during and after the peak, however, bright meteors and fireballs should appear.

Credit: The Top Skywatching Events to Look for in 2018


New Moon January 5, 2019 Saturday

Cosmic Campground Weekend January 4,5,6, 2019

Bring a friend, red filtered flashlight, very warm clothes, lawn chair, 
and telescope and binoculars if you have them. Make new friends
and enjoy the wonders of the night sky.


New Moon February 4, 2019 Monday



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New Moon March 6, 2019 Wednesday



New Moon April 5, 2019 Friday 


New Moon May 4, 2019 Saturday



New Moon June 3, 2019 Monday




New Moon July 2, 2019 Tuesday




New Moon July 31, 2019 Wednesday



New Moon September 28, 2019 Saturday



New Moon October 27, 2019 Sunday




New Moon December 25, 2019 Wednesday




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